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persecute

[pur-si-kyoot] /ˈpɜr sɪˌkyut/
verb (used with object), persecuted, persecuting.
1.
to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religion, race, or beliefs; harass persistently.
2.
to annoy or trouble persistently.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; back formation from persecutour persecutor ≪ Late Latin persecūtor orig. prosecutor, equivalent to persecū-, variant stem of persequī to prosecute, pursue closely (see per-, sequence) + -tor -tor
Related forms
persecutingly, adverb
persecutive, adjective
persecutiveness, noun
persecutor, noun
persecutory
[pur-si-kyoo-tuh-ree, -kyuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpɜr sɪˌkyu tə ri, -kyəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonpersecuting, adjective
nonpersecutive, adjective
nonpersecutory, adjective
overpersecute, verb (used with object), overpersecuted, overpersecuting.
unpersecuted, adjective
unpersecuting, adjective
unpersecutive, adjective
Can be confused
persecute, prosecute.
Synonyms
1. afflict, torture, torment. 2. worry, badger, vex, bother, pester.
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Examples for persecuted
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • There is plenty of space and no one is being persecuted.
  • It could explain why some sufferers might misattribute people's actions or feel persecuted.
  • In this marvelous side of the world, these animals are not persecuted and they allow us to approach without feeling in danger.
  • It seems they are being persecuted for not being cattle.
  • Spare me the excuses about being misunderstood, the complaint of being persecuted by humorless prudes.
  • Protesters somehow failed to convey the impression of a persecuted minority trying to defend a harmless way of life.
  • Hen harriers have been heavily persecuted by gamekeepers, due to their perceived effect on red grouse populations.
  • They were able to return to their lifestyle and they're no longer persecuted.
  • Mac users perceive themselves as a persecuted minority, a telltale cult trait.
British Dictionary definitions for persecuted

persecute

/ˈpɜːsɪˌkjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
2.
to bother persistently
Derived Forms
persecutive, adjective
persecutor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French persecuter, back formation from persecuteur, from Late Latin persecūtor pursuer, from persequī to take vengeance upon
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Word Origin and History for persecuted

persecute

v.

mid-15c., "to oppress for the holding of a belief or opinion," from Middle French persécuter "pursue, torment, open legal action" (14c.), from Latin persecutus, past participle of persequi "to pursue" (see persecution). Related: Persecuted; persecuting.

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